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Polling on vacant seats of Senate underway

Polling on vacant seats of Senate is underway. In the federal capital, polling began at the National Assembly hall for the election of two senators. At the National Assembly hall, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and PML (N) Quaid Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif cast their votes in the Senate elections. Ishaq Dar of PML-N and Raja Ansar Kayani of Sunni Ittehad Council are vying for the technocrat seat while for the general seat, the competition is between Rana Mahmood ul Hassan of PPP and Farzand Hussain Shah of Sunni Ittehad Council. In Punjab, voting is being held on two women and technocrats seats each and one minority seats of women in the province. In Sindh, nineteen candidates are contesting for twelve seats including seven General seats, two women, two technocrats/Ulema and one non-Muslim seat in the province. The polling process will continue till four in the afternoon. Meanwhile, Election Commission of Pakistan has postponed Senate elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The decision to this effect was tak en by the Provincial Election Commissioner on request of the opposition. A statement issued by Election Commission said Commission while exercising its powers as enshrined in the constitution and the law, has decided to postpone the Senate election in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa till the administration of oath to the members returned against the reserved seats. According to notification, electoral college is incomplete for purpose of Senate elections due to non-administration of oath to the elected members which amounts to disenfranchisement of lawful voters and denial of level playing field to the voters. Source: Radio Pakistan

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